Madrid: En la Imprenta de la Viuda de Manuel Fernandez, 1756. Three parts bound in one volume. ,342; 116; 248pp., printed in double columns. Folio. Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript spine title. Lacking ties, spine darkened, minor chipping to edges, marca de fuego of the Colegio de San Fernando de Ciudad de México on top edge. Scattered marginal foxing, stain in lower outer corners of some leaves. Very good. Item #WRCAM54972
First edition of this important history of Franciscan explorations and missionary work in the Far East. Martinez chronicles Spanish evangelizing missions to settlements in the Philippines, China, and Japan. The first book pertains to the Philippines, with historical background on the conquest and early exploration of the islands, plus extensive information on the indigenous peoples and their customs. The second book centers on China, while the third book treats with Japan; both accounts cover early contact with the native peoples, the establishment of missions, local customs, the religious development of the area, and more. A rare title, with healthy institutional holdings, but scant appearances in the trade. PALAU 154271. MAGGS BIBLIOTECA AMERICANA 774. CORDIER, JAPONICA 440. RETANA 309. MEDINA, PHILIPPINES 483. STREIT VI, 1107.